Archive for February, 2009

Curtains in progress: sneak peek

The kitchen was transformed into a dye workshop yesterday during naptime.  Perhaps the sun’s rays boring into my eyeball yesterday morning, forcing me out of bed had something to do with the sense of urgency I had to get this project rolling? Perhaps.  The curtains are now off to a great start.  I couldn’t be more pleased with how the
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Yellow Week Pop-In

Erin at House on Hill Road has been hosting Yellow Week this week.  See all of the contributors’ yellow pics at the Flickr group here.  (I’ve been following Elsie Marley’s every day.) While not officially participating, I thought I’d add this sunny little pic to the mix.  It’s freshly-thrifted and lending its own cheery rays to our already sun-kissed kitchen.

This plate must be very, very big.

Here are some quick pics of the projects on my plate right now… All currently in progress. Rug.  Hasn’t grown tremendously in size, but all fabric has been cut into strips and wound into user-friendly balls.  And piled into a disappointingly-meager mound.  For all of the back-breaking cutting and winding that I did, I was hoping for a much greater,
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flamenco-curtain

It was a Vampire Weekend.

Had a camera been present for our Nesting Action Weekend, the footage would look something like this video from Vampire Weekend.  Imagine paint brushes in their hands and you’ll be spot-on. It’s Isadora’s most-requested video of late.  She’s drumming up a robust fan club around here, with rousing edicts of “Lucy (a pug) – howl if you like Vampire Weekend!” 
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Bedroom Wrap-Up makes way for Master Bedroom Redo v.2.0

As promised, here’s the recap of Isadora’s Bedroom redo.  Had I had my wits about me, I would have taken “before” shots for optimum transfomation appreciation, but we all know my wits are pretty preoccupied right now with a panoply of projects… The walls have adopted a pale yellow hue, leaving behind a bright, bold color I’ll call Caribbean Turquoise. 
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I have no choice – we have cold feet.

What might you get if you mix a little bit of DIY empowerment, a pregnancy-altered sense of urgency, budget constraints, and cold feet?  A rag rug of gargantuan proportion for the living room.  (of course) We recently graduated from the IKEA rug that formerly graced our living room floor and transferred it, in all its pug-hair-encrusted, dingy glory to a
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Snow people are such fleeting friends.

Born on Saturday, of a balmy 40+ degree heat wave, ushered into this world by the able hands of Daddio and Isadora.  Proof that magic exists in even the most forlorn of places, like the forgotten tier of the hanging fruit and veggie baskets, where limes and horseradish root go to dry out and be ignored. Now departed to the
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Mama Bear got her chair.

The pulse of this house originates in the kitchen.  From there we enjoy the best sunlight, the most stunning views, a direct cosy heat in front of the wood stove, and the tantalizing smells of the meal-in-progress.  It’s where we linger for hours on Saturdays and Sundays, coffee in hand, table piled with seed catalogs, books, or whatever is captivating
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